Sometime this spring I’ll pass the 20,000 mile mark on my 2008 Trice Q recumbent trike (now the HDQ). Chump change for some, but to me a lot of miles. Between daily, four-season commuting; weekend sport rides and overnight tours; occasional week-long commercial tours; and one epic 5 1/2 month, 4,500 mile tandem ride across the U.S.; this trike has seen a lot of action. I thought it would be interesting to document how the trike has held up through all of this.
I guess anything under the recumbent banner could be considered unconventional but I think I’ll be pushing into particularly rare territory for this build. My goal is a machine that will be equally comfortable on tour or commuting to work; fun to ride, easy to maintain, impervious to weather. Fast, relatively lightweight, simple, at least externally. Here are some of the characteristics I think will get me the closest. Continue reading
When the cruciform on my trusty 2008 ICE Q trike failed at about the 20K mile mark, I decided to use the opportunity to upgrade my ride. In fairness to ICE, I’m pretty hard on my equipment– the early demise is almost certainly related to a 4500 mile ride across the US pulling my daughter on a Trets recumbent tagalong plus about 200 lbs of our worldly possessions for the duration of the 6 month odyssey. That’s a lot of mass that no doubt put an extraordinary twisting motion on the main cross tubes where the failure occurred. Besides, ICE cut me a good deal on a replacement cruciform which allowed me to resurrect the Q (now an HDQ, gotta love ICE’s modular frame design) and give it to my wife. A thinly veiled and likely unsuccessful attempt at smoothing over this outrageously expensive project with her.
Having tinkered with and put a lot of miles on recumbent trikes over the past decade or so, I have a pretty good idea where I want to push for my next trike. This site is an account of my definition of the “perfect ride” and my latest attempt to get there using commercially available products. Maybe someone will find something useful here. Or save me from myself.